27 November 2022

The VIII International Congress on Energy Fluxes and Radiation Effects (EFRE 2022) was held in Tomsk on October 2-8, jointly organized by Tomsk Polytechnic University, the Institute of High Current Electronics, the Tomsk Scientific Center, and the Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

More than 400 researchers from 135 scientific and educational organizations from Russia, China, Japan, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and the Republic of Belarus participated in the event.

Four international events were traditionally held as part of the congress: The 22nd International Symposium on High Current Electronics (SHCE); the 20th International Conference on Radiation Physics and Condensed Matter Chemistry; the 5th International Conference on New Materials and High Technologies; and the 16th International Conference on Materials Modification by Particle Beams and Plasma Flows. At them scientists discussed not only topical scientific and technical issues in the field of pulsed energetics, physics of charged particle beams and powerful microwaves, but also fundamental bases of interaction of particle beams and photon beams with substance, physical principles of technologies in the field of material modification, chemistry, biology and medicine based on application of particle and radiation flows.

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The invited report "Coherent X-ray optics and microscopy for advanced material research applications" at the International Conference on Modification of Materials by Charged Particle Beams and Plasma Streams was delivered by Anatoly Snigirev, leading scientist, director of the International Research Center "Coherent X-ray Optics for Megascience Facilities" at Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University:

With Megascience's new fourth-generation X-ray sources (synchrotrons and free-electron lasers), materials research will greatly benefit from increased spectral brightness, small source sizes, and divergence. The new beam limits will open unique opportunities to build a new concept of X-ray diagnostics, including diffraction, spectroscopy and microscopy methods, based on beam transport and conditioning systems using integrated refractive optics. The implementation of these systems based on refractive optics allows not only the development and implementation of new methods related to X-ray coherence, but also greatly simplifies the layout of new beam lines, easily expanding their microscopic capabilities in various fields, including biomedicine and materials research in extreme conditions, which becomes especially relevant for the new SKIF synchrotron in Novosibirsk.

This year, the International School for Young Scientists "Synchrotron Radiation School" was also held as part of the congress. The Institute of High-Current Electronics of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and TPU organized it. This is a course of lectures for young scientists, undergraduate and graduate students of Russian universities, delivered by leading scientists in this field. The goal of the School is to increase knowledge and competence in the field of synchrotron technology and equipment, to comprehend the latest achievements, to broaden the range of scientific contacts and outlook.

A separate section of the Congress for the first time was a series of popular science lectures "Science in an Easy Way", which will be held under the auspices of the All-Russian Festival NAUKA 0+ and will launch a new educational project for students "School of Scientific Leader. More than a hundred high school students of Tomsk schools had an opportunity to listen to the lectures of the leading Russian and foreign scientists and ask them all the questions they were interested in.

It should be noted that the congress is developing in step with the times, new sections appear, the old ones are updated, focused both on acquiring new knowledge and development of the existing topics in the field of energy flows and radiation effects.